Sunday, July 29, 2012

Adventures In Beauty - Just Call Me "Honey Face"

Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Epsom Salt
Black Tea
(Cicero, Lipschitz...)

These simple every day household items have been my good friends this weekend. I have recently become addicted to using Pinterest and Google as aides in my newly launched quest for better skin care, cheaper luxury and a more radiant complexion.

The first goals I wanted delve into were at home/DIY facials. Since moving to Texas, my face has been a never ending host to unsightly zits along my chin line and near my ears. I have no idea why Texas is attacking my face in this manor, but I've had about all I can take. I've had one facial in my life. It was an "alrighty" experience. I know they have got to be better than just "alrighty", but I've never felt inclined to spend money again to find out. Especially since money is not something that I am made of. Finally using my brain for something other than boy crazed meandering thoughts, I took to the internet to see what other ladies had to say about how to fix not only acne, but a host of other beauty issues. Now if you look at my Pinterest you can basically see everything I am about to tell you. But what kind of "reporter" would I be if I didn't try these tutorials out on myself before recommending them to others. 

The first thing I tried was simple enough. Cucumbers on my eyes. This has now become a nightly ritual for me and my five year old daughter. I can't say I see "amazing" results, but I will say it does feel very good and relaxing and in my own small way, a tee bit luxurious. Cucumbers on the eyes are supposed to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Both of which I have. I must say, I do feel slightly less puffy and my eyes seem more open, if you will, when I am done.

Then I moved on to my first facial. The simplest one I found so far. So simple, in fact, that it only has two ingredients: uncoated aspirin and honey. Here are the steps that I followed this morning:

1. Put a few ( I did four) aspirin in a bowl.
2. Add a few drops of water. Just a few.
3. Let the aspirin dissolve in the water for about 30 seconds.
4. Crush the aspirin up
5. Add about two tablespoons of honey to the aspirin mush
6. Apply the honey aspirin mixture all over your face. Scrub it in as you're applying. The aspirin gently exfoliates and has salicylic acid, which is used in acne creams. The honey helps glide it on and acts as a moisturizer.

Here I am at 6am with a face full of honey

7. Let the mask soak in for about 10-15 minutes, until the honey gets hard. (those were the instructions. My honey never got hard (sounds like a personal problem) so I just washed it off after about 15 minutes)
8. Use a warm washcloth to remove the mask. (This seemed too messy to do by the sink, so I just got in the shower where I could make as big a mess as I like)

My review of this facial is: definitely worth it. My face definitely looked and felt great today. Next time though I will try it a little differently. My mixture seemed a bit too runny, so next time I will try maybe 5 aspirin and a teensy bit less honey. Something else I tried was rubbing the mixture on my lips as well. It felt really great, but it was very hard not to lick myself. My mouth did start to water a bit, and after I washed everything off I noticed that my lips were tingly for a while. But in a good way. ha ha

I have tried several more beauty regimes today (tough job, but somebody's got to do it!) and I will be bringing my reviews of those to you as well. But tonight, I am all tuckered out from a day of DIY beauty treatments and I am ready to hit the hay. Good night!

For those of you interested in similar goals and not following me on Pinterest, feel free to look me up on Pinterest at My beauty board is titled "(excuse my) Beauty".

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